WHO WE ARE

More than just champion sailors; great sailors with years of teaching experience.

Director

  • Bill Gladstone

    Bill is the Director of North U and author of the North U Racing Trim, North U Racing Tactics, and North U Cruising and Seamanship books and discs.  In addition, Bill is a collaborator in the creation of the Rules and Match Racing programs and materials. 

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  • Fran Wainer

    Fran Wainer has been working with Bill Gladstone and running the day to day operations at North U World Headquarters in Madison, CT since 2001.

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Coaches and Instructors

  • Chris Bedford

    Chris Bedford is founder of Sailing Weather Services and creator (with Peter Isler) of the online weather school Marine Weather University (MWU). For MWU Chris developed a college-level curriculum to maximize the student’s comprehension of marine weather.

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  • Stan Schreyer

    Stan began sailing at the age of four at the Lavallette Yacht Club on New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay. His first races were with his older sister in a small pram. As a youth sailor, he raced in many different dinghy classes. Stan graduated from Boston University in 1999 where he was an All-American and Collegiate… Read More »

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  • Peter Coleman

    Head Sailing Coach at Sacred Heart University, former Director of Offshore Sailing at the US Naval Academy, and veteran racer and cruiser, Peter has been teaching sailing and coaching racing for decades. His particular gift as a coach is teaching not just “what to do” but also how to figure it out on your own… Read More »

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  • Andy Cross

    Andy grew up racing, day sailing and cruising in Michigan and made his first offshore passage at age 19, which set him on a course into the sailing industry that continues to this day.

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  • Mark Laura

    Mark was elected to the Collegiate Hall of Fame and has won a J24 North American Championship, three Thistle Mid-Winter Championships, the Volvo Cup, and has a Sir Thomas Lipton Sportsmanship award.  Currently Mark races a full spectrum of boats, from J24s to Gun Boat 65s and serves as head coach to the University of… Read More »

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  • KerryPoe

    Kerry is the owner of the North Sails Oregon Loft and is a Four time US Sailing Team member. He has competed in 10 World Championships, 470, Laser II, 505, Melges 24 and Farr 30. A partial list of events won include 470 US Nationals, Laser II US Nationals, Oregon Offshore, Swiftsure, Newport to Ensenada,… Read More »

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  • Drew Mitchell

    Drew Mitchell grew up sailing at the Lunenburg Yacht Club in Nova Scotia. He has raced on and coached high performance one design for nearly 20 years. Drew races in the Melges 24, Farr 30, Bluenose and Martin 242 fleets and has won the Farr 30 North Americans and Melges 24 PNW championship. He came… Read More »

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  • ZekeHorowitz

    Zeke‘s sailing resume includes two World Championships titles –  J/22 and Viper Classes. He also holds nine North American / National championship titles in various classes and disciplines.  He is currently active in one-design racing in J70’s, J24’s, J111’s, J22’s, J80’s, Flying Scots, and Vipers as well as the National Team Racing Circuit.

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  • Nick Turney

    Nick’s racing experience covers the spectrum from Optimists to TP -52s.  Most of his recent racing success has come in One Designs, including Lightnings, Thistles, J22, J24, and Melges 24.

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  • Jon Rogers

    Jon is a great crew-among the very best crew in the world. He’s won World, National, North American and European Championships in J24s, J22s, Snipes and Thistles. Top skippers seek him out not just his championship sailing skills. Jon’s coaching, training, team building and observational skills set him apart.

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  • Tim Ray

    Tim has raced Stars extensively during his sailing career – Compiling top finishes in the Star Olympic Trials, World Championships, Western Hemisphere Championships, North American Championships, and District Championships. Tim is also a two-time single-handed and two-time double-handed PHRF champion in the Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club. Other offshore and one-design racing experience includes tactician, navigator, watch captain and weather router in the J/120 class, and watch captain racing from San Francisco to Tahiti.

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  • Dave Perry

    Dave is author of the North U Rules and Tactics Seminar Workbook, North U Intro to Match Racing Workbook, Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2020, Dave Perry’s 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes, and Winning in One-Designs.

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  • Anson Mulder

    Anson Mulder is a Ft. Lauderdale coach and project manager with particular expertise in sails and sail inventory development, Expedition tactical software, project management, crew training, and boat optimization for both inshore and offshore racing.

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  • Geoff Moore

    Geoff Moore is a 1983 graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He lives with his wife Gillian and their three daughters in Toronto. Geoff has been working as a sail consultant for North Sails since November of 2000.

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  • Mike Marshall

    As a sail designer, coach and racer, Mike has been involved in championship campaigns in dinghies and small keelboats for decades. As a sail designer, he’s had a hand in Olympic and World Championship sail development for 470s, F18s and Etchells.

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  • Steve LeMay

    Steve LeMay comes to us from Dallas, Texas. His experience in the J 80, J 105, Melges 32 and Mumm 30 class is extensive. Steve’s campaign as trimmer on some of the leaders in these classes only enhances his teaching ability.

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  • Shala Youngerman

    Shala started sailing a small dinghy at a very young age. Later, while working at Hobie Sports she was introduced to the Hobie 16 and was hooked on the speed and fun of racing. She has raced in numerous Hobie Cat classes at the National and world championship levels.

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  • Andrew Kerr

    Andrew Kerr was born in Plymouth, Devon, England and graduated from the London School of Economics with a bachelor’s degree in Government and politics.

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  • Peter Isler

    Internationally renowned sailor, co-founder of Marine Weather University, motivational speaker and author, Peter Isler has parlayed his love of sailing into a career.

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  • Brian Hayes

    A perennial champion and One Design Expert at North Sails, Brian has been sharing his skills and insights sail trim, rig tuning, and racing technique in clinics and training programs for decades.

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  • Bill Gladstone

    Bill is the Director of North U and author of the North U Racing Trim, North U Racing Tactics, and North U Cruising and Seamanship books and discs.  In addition, Bill is a collaborator in the creation of the Rules and Match Racing programs and materials. 

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  • Dave Franzel

    A veteran coach and champion racer, Dave Franzel founded the Boston Sailing Center in 1977.  Through coaching, clinics and seminars, he has helped thousands of people become better sailors and racers.

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  • Rod Favela

    Rod’s racing experience covers the spectrum from Sunfish and dinghies to Vipers, J24s, Melges 32s, and Farr 39s, from small lakes to open oceans, as helmsman, tactician, and trimmer. 

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  • Lisa Downey

    A certified instructor and instructor trainer, Lisa has been coaching racing and team racing for decades.  A veteran of the J22 and J24 circuit, Lisa has raced the Rolex Women’s Keelboat Championship as skipper and crew.

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  • Kevin Denney

    Kevin Denney is a graduate of Michigan State University and the IIT, Institute of Design where he is a faculty member teaching product and service design.  

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  • David Dellenbaugh

    David Dellenbaugh is the publisher, editor and author of Speed & Smarts. He was the tactician and starting helmsman on America3 during her successful defense of the America’s Cup in 1992 and sailed in three other America’s Cup campaigns.

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  • Dobbs Davis

    As a sail trimmer, tactician, and navigator with over 20 years’ experience and many championship titles to his credit, Dobbs has competed in nearly every major offshore race and inshore regatta in the US and around the world on everything from small keelboats to offshore one-designs to America’s Cup yachts to Maxis.

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  • Bobby Brooks

    Bobby Brooks has coached over 45 race teams, campaigns a 6 meter in Europe and sails regularly on a J109 and Melges 32 in Texas.

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  • Todd Berman

    Todd Berman’s sailing experience spans boats ranging from dinghies to maxis. After a successful collegiate sailing career, Todd pursued sailing racing aboard dinghies and J24s in the early 80s then progressing to IOR, IMS and IRC 50 footers. Todd worked in the Sail making industry from 1987 to 1992.

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  • Geoff Becker

    Geoff is a multiple class one-design and keelboat champion, Collegiate National Champion and 2x Collegiate All-American, applying the lessons he learned developing his own skills to his coaching.

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  • Tom Babel

    Tom Babel is a professional sailor with over forty years of sailboat racing, sail making and coaching experience. He grew up sailing in Traverse City, MI where he still lives.

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  • Liz Baylis

    Profession: Executive Director, Women’s International Match Racing Association Public Health Virologist, California State Department of Public Health 

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